Marcia King

Marcia King is an award-winning freelance writer based in Ohio who specializes in equine, canine, and feline veterinary topics. She's schooled in hunt seat, dressage, and Western pleasure.

Articles by: Marcia King

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Winter Workouts

Consider how current weather conditions will affect your horse and adapt your workouts accordingly.

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A Refresher on Horse Processing in the United States

Time to Say Goodbye

The whole painful process–deciding when the time has arrived, disposing of remains, dealing with grief–can be made less stressful when everything involved with the euthanasia process is understood and decisions are planned ahead of time.

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Dialysis in Horses

Dialysis is an expensive procedure is not yet widely offered, however it is an option that, in some cases,

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Is Your Horse Too Fat? There's an App for That

The Disease of Obesity in Horses

Obesity causes a number of issues, from reproduction problems to bone and joint stress to insulin resistance and laminitis. The good news is it’s largely avoidable, because you control your horse’s portions and make his dietary choices for him.

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Brushing Up on Thrush in Horses

Autumn is just around the corner and, for many areas of the country, that means the onset of wet weather, a reduction in riding, and more stall time for horses. All of which could mean an uptick in the risk of your horse developing thrush–that gunky, smelly, black discharge oozing from the bottom of his hoof.

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Joint Injury and Arthritis in Horses: Searching for Solutions

At the Colorado State University’s Orthopaedic Research Center, researchers have developed and advanced numerous diagnostic, preventive, and treatment options for musculoskeletal problems for both horses and humans. (The horse is an excellent model for osteoarthritis and cartilage repair in people, as tissue changes that occur in the horse mimic what happens in humans.)

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Beat Botulism

Botulism is largely avoidable, but immediate veterinary treatment could help save an affected horse’s life.

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Pilates for Horses?

Preliminary results from research suggest you can strengthen your horse’s core muscles to help him be healthier, no matter his job in life.

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Core Training Exercise Guidelines

Core training exercises can be done without a warm-up–for example, in horses that are recovering from injury–because the horse controls the amount of motion, and loading of the joints is less than during locomotion. Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University, says that in athletic horses, however, the optimal

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